Mobile takes center stage at CES startup showcase

We look at seven standouts from Sunday night's Startup Debut event at International CES, all of whom offer a mobile focus.

By Amber Bouman, Philip Michaels, PC World |  Mobile & Wireless, CES, startups

Those are pretty strong words if you've seen TourWrist in action. The app provides 360-degree panoramic views that let you capture and share the whole picture of what's around you. (Armstrong contrasts that with the panorama feature supported by Apple's iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, which stitches together images by having you pan across, but really doesn't fill in the top and bottom of your images for a full 360-degree effect.) The app has a definite appeal for travelers and the companies that cater to them: "People want to show off when they've gone some place cool," Armstrong said. "And brands want people to show off their places."

Look for an Android version of TourWrist to arrive within a month, as the company works to add support for more Android devices. The company plans to support eight devices running version 4.0 and later of the Android OS when the new version debuts.

Leonar3do

Take a set of 3D glasses and a 3D mouse and you've got Leonar3do, a desktop virtual reality kit. That mouse, called the Go Bird, lets you interact, touch, modify, and feel in 3D, while the 3D glasses will also track your head movement.

Used for modeling software, developing applications, the Leonar3do system can also replace the mouse with a smartphone; it can interact with a 3D TV, too. (You'll need the glasses and the "bird" to experience the full version, though.)

The system can be used for games, education, editing and sharing content. From our time with the virtual work engine, it seems like a stunning way to create, demonstrate, and visualize virtual 3D objects in real space.

Rednote

Rednote brings a whole new meaning to the term "mood music." An app that works in conjunction with third-party text message apps such as HeyWire, Rednote allows you to send snippets of songs in a text message in order to convey an emotion. You select the clips, which run about 17 seconds, by browsing a mood such as Romance, Happiness, or Fun.

While Rednote specifically touts its integration with HeyWire, it will also work with native SMS programs such as iOS Messages, where song snippets appear as a link that leads the receiver to a sponsored landing page that will play the clip. The songs come courtesy of a deal with five major publishers, so it won't be hard to find favorite or popular songs from artists like U2, Radiohead, or the Beatles.

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